1-John Farrell made just one lineup change for Game 2, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia taking over behind the plate from David Ross. Ross has become the personal catcher for Jone Lester over the last couple of months and will likely catch again just in his next start in Game 5. Farrell said he doesn't necessarily beieve in personal catchers, although he dabbled in that from time to time in Toronto with Jose Molina and then with Jeff Mathis.
"What I would want to keep away from is if a certain catcher is not catching a pitcher on a certain night does that become an excuse that things didn't turn out the way it was intended? But we can't deny the fact that this last six or seven weeks, this tandem has really taken some major strides forward. It's another way to keep David Ross involved."
2-Well played infield defence by Farrell after the carom triple by Matt Holliday leading off the fourth. With a runner on third, nobody out, Farrell played the infield back allowing Dustin Pedroia to make a sensational diving cartch ip the middle on Matt Adams. With one out he brought the infield in and Holliday only scored because Pedroia was forced to field a high chopper over the mound and Holliday broke for the plate on contact.
The Red Sox played the infield back to avoid a weak groundball or flare leaking through for a hit and creating a big inning. But wth one out, he brought them in because a runner on first with one out is easier to handle for his starting pitcher.
For the second night in a row, despite a post-season average that had dropped to .179, the charismatic Jonny Gomes was in left field again. The Sox this post-season were 7-0 with Gomes in the starting lineup which was reason enough to come back with him. In the first inning he made a diving attempt on a slashed line drive by Carlos Beltran and it hit in his glove and deflected it into foul territory for the first hit against John Lackey. Then in the seventh, Gomes had a chance to throw out the tying run at the plate, but was wide and the ball got away from Saltalamachhia as all hell broke loose.